606 posts • joined 27 Mar 2008
Re: It was a swarm of them
Yep, first thing I thought too.
On the upside...
... there is a politician that gets "it". On the downside the Japanese have a proverb about a "nail that sticks out..."
Still, at least it proves that there are some politicos that aren't afraid to speak out in the face of absurdity. Shame there isn't more.
Re: @David W
"Sadly he tends to be more successful at dragging me down a level than I am at getting him to improve his game."As the saying goes: "Never argue with an idiot; they'll drag you down to their level and beat you with experience."
It wasnt on earlier...
... or so I was told. Honest!
// Lets just say that's coffee! ;)
I've never heard of that before, sounds interesting. Care to elaborate, or at least point in the right direction?
Hang on a minute...
Apple have managed to get a patent granted for predictive text? What the f*ck are the USPTO playing at?
...I've never seen such consensus in the El Reg comments. Not a single comment has been downvoted at the time of this post... Apart from the one that appeared after I read the final comment! lol
Re: OEMs lack of innovation
@Newt_Othis: Actually, I must confess, I did think to myself, while I was typing it, that a hinged keyboard with a CD/DVD drive hidden underneath would be pretty cool.
Re: OEMs lack of innovation
"unusable touchpad, clicking everywhere on its own unless you disable the press/click explicitly"Never had this problem on any laptop. Ever. Perhaps you've got massive, clumsy, sausage fingers?
"same connectors, only differentiated by speed (USB1/2/3), numbers and position"What a bunch of b*stards! Fancy including prolific connections which caters for pretty much everything you can plug into a computer these days and upgrading them when upgrades become available. We should all still be using RF modulators, serial and parallel ports, and IDE drives.
"same buttons for sound volume"I often lament that there isn't a myriad of buttons to perform the functions of turning something up and down. Why don't laptops come with a wheel/knob attached to a pot, or provide 100 buttons (0-100) to control volume? Now that would be innovative!
"same inability to go suspend and resume properly"What the f*ck are you smoking?
"same 3 screens size: 13 15 and 17 inches"Yeah, absolutely. Imagine a world where laptops have been produced with 9, 10.1, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18 and 19 inch screens? It would be chaos, fortunately its never going to happen.
"same "die the 14th month" battery, just after guaranty end"You should live where I do, we have battery fairies here. The battery in my NC10 is still working 6 years after I purchased it. Must be those fairies. Although I do wish they'd replace each one with a battery of the same capacity instead of steadily reducing it each time its replaced. It now only lasts 3 hours instead of the original 8.
"same CD/DVD player in a slack drawer, that ejects the CD/DVD or the full drawer anytime you press the button"Couldn't agree more. It preposterous that a button that is pressed performs the function for which it was intended. What we should have are CD/DVD drives that are accessible by having the keyboard hinged and the CD/DVD disc pops in under there. At the very least, if using buttons to perform the function, there should be a prompt that appears on screen asking you if you'd like to eject, then another asking you if you're sure, then the drive pops open and then closes itself because its not actually sure you were sure you were sure.
Re: It's a nice idea, but...
Sounds like a new twist on "If you have nothing to hide..."
Re: Fanny Like a Hippo's Yawn
Like throwing a sausage up an alley.
... before I even finished reading the article... Along with their new setting to automatically show all images for all messages. Didn't get the email either, even though the setting was there, so Google bullshitting with that one too.
Nope, its not you. I was going to say that the quality of El Reg articles has gone down recently but then I've just remembered its Mad Friday, so they've probably started early in the El Reg offices >>>>>>>>>>
Re: Party like its 2003...
Mary Jane Bogart wrote:
You do seem to be missing one addon though: BetterPrivacy. Even though you have Cookie Monster installed BetterPrivacy prevents (NoScript allowed) Flash from leaving LSOs (so-called "super cookies") on your computer which can be used to track you just like a normal Cookie, only they're more persistent as most (all?) browsers don't have the built-in capacity to delete them and they can be used to re-populate normal cookies. While Ghostery does have the capacity to delete LSOs on exit, it doesn't give you the possibility of keeping some LSO's, and deleting all the rest, like BetterPrivacy does. For example you may actually want to keep YouTubes Flash LSOs, with BetterPrivacy you can choose to do so however Ghostery simply nukes all LSOs.
Re: Guns won't work, so let's look at alternatives...
"The clever ones rely on GPS for flying home, so I suspect there may be an issue if you zap its ability to know where it is"
Is it not possible to flood a GPS receiver so it thinks its moving even though its not? For example if the drone is flying north then would it be possible to bombard it with a signal that keeps changing as if the drone is flying north, even though its actually now stationary? Monitor it enough for course corrections to keep it (relatively) in one spot and eventually it should land, thinking its reached its destination.
Thats how I'd theoretically do it, nowhere near where I lived of course, if I was so inclined.
Re: are friends electric?
"Windows 8.x partially good, partially incredibly annoying. A bit like having a splinter in your finger."A splinter in your finger is partially good?? Which OS is a paper cut then?
Now we know...
...what all those Bitcoins various agencies have confiscated are for!
Re: Ah Cyanogen... (I wish)
Are you sure there isn't a version of Cynanogen for your phone? There may not be an official Cynanogen ROM, available from the Cyanogen website, but have you tried the S3 I9305 section over at XDA Developers? There is [ROM][GT-I9305][KitKat][4.4] CyanogenMod 11.0 Unofficial and [ROM][GT-I9305][JB][4.3.1] CyanogenMod 10.2 official nightlies which are just the first two I've plucked from the first page of that section of the forum so there may be many more, as well as other custom ROMs.
There was never an official Android port for my HTC HD2, as it came with Windows Mobile, nor a Cyanogen ROM for it, but thanks to the guys over at XDA Devs thats exactly what I've got on it now. Incidentally it gave my phone a new lease of life and its still going strong now.
Re: Nothing unsafe? Don't be so sure...
Ah, it would appear that I didn't read that part of the OPs comment, please accept my humblest apologies sir. In my defence I tend to skim read most of the comments, thanks in part to the many threads that descend into Android Vs iPhone or Windows Vs Linux Vs Mac shouting matches. Still, my bad.
Re: Nothing unsafe? Don't be so sure...
What does any of that have to do with the article?
"the FAA has ruled that so long as devices don't use radio or cellular connections then there is no danger in using them"Did you miss that part? The FAA aren't suggesting there is "nothing unsafe" about using electronic devices with cellular/radio capabilities in flight, just that it is safe to use them with those capabilities disabled. However, having said that, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest that devices with cellular/radio capabilities are being used, or at least forgotten to be disabled, in flight and yet there are still no 500mph tubes of fiery doom plummeting from the skies.
Re: Unlimited limit!?!
"I never normally make it past 60GB"Never normally, so you do occasionally? What are you downloading to (ocassionally) bust 60GB a month on a mobile network? Thats a hell of a lot of Linux ISOs on a imprecisely locatable, potentially untraceable network connection! ;)
Top Marks El Reg!
You've definitely done the right thing. Congrats to Ariadne.
@John Tserkezis, Re: <3 Apple innovation
Time to buy a new sarcasm meter I think.
Re: Competition Lacking?
Thank you for making yourself the perfect example of exactly the kind of self important prick with a serious superiority complex I was alluding to.
Re: Competition Lacking?
"Whatsapp's dirty little secret is it does NOT do read-receipts. A lot of people think the double-tick means it is read. It doesn't. Look it up."Wow, you little crack(berry)-heads are desperate to cling onto absolutely any last straw, aren't you? lol
Dirty little secret? I found what the double-tick means on the WhatsApp website in, ooooh, seconds!
How self-important do you have to think you are to have to know that somebody has read the message you've sent them? If I've sent someone a message, and I know its been delivered, but they haven't read it I couldn't care less. I've done what I needed to do, if they choose to not read it is none of my concern.
From the article:
"Even now BBM has group sending and confirmed delivery features, which are lacking from the competition."Seriously, what competition have you been using? Probably time to get something a little newer than a 3310!
Re: What you call yourself can change your basic rights?
Thank you Don, for bring that Wiki page to my attention. I actually cried with laughter at some of the stuff he got up to... the world could do with a few more proper characters like that!
Re: BT partly right
Roland 6 wrote:
"Number of SSIDs isn't a reliable indicator of the number of physical APs..."Indeed. BT, for a while now, have been pushing out three per router (as well as the normal SSID there is the BT Fon and OpenZone stuff). VMs SuperHubs have the ability to push out three too, the normal SSIDs and two guest SSIDs. Conversely, there's APs that have SSID broadcast switched off too, which don't appear during a scan but still take up space.
Re: Hub 3
David Austin wrote:
"apart from possibly Sky's new FTTP Box"Perhaps my Google-Foo is slipping but I can't seem to find any evidence that Sky has a FTTP product? As far as I can tell Sky have even admitted that their only option is FTTC and won't be rolling out FTTP any time soon.
...that every BT advert just recently has a little bit of bullshit in it. This time its "interference", last time it was the "only router with dual-band technology", the time before that was giving the impression that they used FTT[H/P] with their little light streaks (representing the fibre network) entering peoples homes, and so on.
Okay, so all network providers aren't angels when it comes to their advertising but I find BT to be worst offender, repeatedly... I can't remember the last time I didn't mutter something to myself about the bull in their ads (with other people looking at me like I've gone mad!). However, the most annoying part is the toothless ASAs standard response of "The advert must not run again in its current form". Whats the motherflipping point of that? The adverts done its job and its done its run anyway! The ASA should be given more powers to actually ban or vet adverts beforehand on something like a 3 strikes rule - Get 3 advert complaints upheld and you're banned from advertising for six months or your adverts are pre-vetted before being aired.
What a fantastic offer. If I could send you a pint I would.
Come on El Reg, you know it makes sense! Sod the competition. You never know, contributing to Vulture 2 might just inspire her to follow a career in something amazing!
Re: "Adrianes", "Adriane"
Oops, my bad. Sorry Ariadne :( But at least I wasn't the only one :)
Re: To be honest...
Yeah, someone else, below, pointed this out to me also. :D
While I admit you are technically right (the best kind of right!) it just seems an awkward way to show designs without white, but maintaining the three-in-a-row layout. Perhaps the two designs without white should have been next to each other?
Is it Friday yet? :D
To be honest...
...I'm not interested in any paint job than Adrianes :D
"...although it's not highly practical [...] we might have considered water transfer printing, although it's anyone's guess how much a custom transfer would cost."Err, don't be silly. Break out the Crayola and replicate it!
"with a couple of you opting to ditch the white"You do realise that there is white in the middle one don't you Lester?
Re: Author has never watched F1...
Chris W wrote:
"Even the hardest of die hard fans would find it difficult to say that the last few seasons have been anything other than a procession, at least at the front."It try to watch every practice session, qualifying and race live where possible and I'm afraid I have to largely agree with you there. Although I find solace in the fact that Red Bulls marketing droids must be absolutely ripping their hair out at the fact that their car(s) probably spends less than 20% of the race on screen as the FOA director now pretty much chooses to focus on the battles further down the field with only a cursory glance at Seb to make sure he hasn't stopped for a cup of tea or something while the others catch up.
Re: Author has never watched F1...
As I alluded to above, but in a more subtle manner, I don't think he is, falling into the "it’s merely an unending procession of ridiculously expensive cars" camp.
From the article:
"Formula 1 is one of those sports you either love or hate. To the uninitiated it’s merely an unending procession of ridiculously expensive cars. [...] It’s not all good news, however. [...] You’ll also frequently find yourself outbraking opponents and taking three or four drivers at the first few corners of races. "How unrealistic. Nobody in F1 ever brakes late and makes up places in the first few corners of a race. Nope, never happens. Nobody has ever been called "King of the Late Brakers".
Re: re. the observing video camera
Richard 12 wrote:
"I think some of the apparent CG-ness comes because the camera gimbal is too good!"I'm fairly certain the footage has also been additionally stabilised after shooting. A clue is the way the horizon seems almost locked in place yet one of the hexacopters rotors drops into view then goes back out of frame... Thats either post stabilised footage or one bendy rotor arm! Further still, when the camera tilts up, past the horizon, and the rotor comes completely into view the rocket then almost seems locked into place while the rotor is all over the shop, again a classic sign of post stabilised footage.
"Shades at the ready as we reveal your startling liveries"
Wait, what am I doing now? Nobody told me about this, let me put some pants on!
Re: Ah - Turkey
"in public, all women are their sisters if you (as a foreigner) happen to date any one of them ,and will be ready to attack you for doing so, or being lucky enough!"You mean like this: Middlesbrough's Dwayne Ward, 17, stabbed in Marmaris?
Re: Once upon a time......
Thats probably one of the best comments I've seen on El Reg for quite a while. I'd upvote it more if I could! Bravo!
Stuart Castle wrote:
"99% of the music buying public actually don't seem to care what quality their music is"Thats exactly what I was thinking. There's an entire generation of kids, and some young adults, that think listening to MTV through their crappy TV speakers is acceptable; that use YouTube as a jukebox on their laptops; convert YouTube videos to MP3's and listen to them on their phones or, in the case of young adults, in cars (with fairly decent sounds systems!); that listen to their MP3 players/phones with the crappy earphones that came with the devices and when they break replace them with just as crappy earphones.
Most people, in my experience, just don't care about the quality of the music, they just want to listen to it.
Interbrand advert made by Interbrand
So the people who made the list, Interbrand, and make the secret sauce for their "valuation" of global brands, are also a brand management company who can count, in one way or another, 24 brands in the list (or at least the brand owners) as their clients. Whats the betting that Interbrand has more clients in that list than any other brand management company (or companies, for those that may manage their own brands). I highly suspect that the "Best Global Brands" list is nothing more than an advert for Interbrand... "Hey, look at us. We've got 24 brands in the top 100, thats more than anyone else!"
Re: White background
"Well if you design an interface where EVERY app has a white background on an LCD panel then of course the battery will take a hit."
I'm no Apple fan, not by a long chalk, but if you're going to knock them at least try to be accurate.
What you are saying would be true if the iPhone had an AMOLED screen, but it doesn't. It uses an LED backlit screen which, I believe, consumes roughly the same amount of power regardless of the colours being displayed. In other words an LED backlit screen will consume the same amount of power whether it is displaying white, black, red, green, blue or any combination thereof. However, since the iPhone 4, Apple have used an IPS LED backlit screen which, it is claimed, can potentially consume 50% less power than an equivalent sized AMOLED screen when displaying white. So, theoretically at least, Apple have actually made the smart choice by sticking with an IPS LED Backlit screen and choosing a dominantly white colour scheme (whether this was a concious choice or purely coincidental is a different matter).
Conversely this is why Google have gone for a darker colour scheme, as there is an awful lot of Android devices, including (and especially) their own branded ones, that use AMOLED screens.
If older devices consume more power overall, with the latest OS update, than previously, then I'd hazard a guess its because of extra or more intensive processes, not as a result of the choice of colour scheme. Of course, there's also the "Oooh, shiny new stuff!" effect which results in the device being played with a lot more which, in turn, can have an initially huge impact on perceived battery life until the "Oooh, shiny new stuff!" effect wears off and the usage pattern returns to normal.
Anyway, I feel a little bit faint after saying something which could be interpreted as being complimentary to Apple... I'm off for a little lie down! :D
Re: Quote: "There has got to be something wrong..."
Voland's Right Hand wrote:
1. Think that this rifle is any good to you to defend against your evil government. Hint - government, has tanks, missiles and drones. Going against that armed with a rifle - give me a break.If it came to that then I think I'd prefer that rifle to a cricket bat!
Re: More reasons I avoid flying if at all possible
You were lucky. This time.
Land of the free?
What About Software?
Its all well and good improving the sensors if the processing software behind them is poor. Case in point would be my HTC HD2. While it still had Windows Mobile on it, no matter what settings were fiddled with, the shutter speed could be measured in seconds, resulting in every image being blurred unless you managed to stand completely and utterly still, massive over exposure and an awful blue tint to practically every shot. Low light performace? Don't even go there! To say I was a little disappointed with the performance of the camera in what was a very high end device (when it was first released) would be a massive understatement.
Naturally, I thought this was down to the hardware - HTC never had a good reputation for the sensors in their devices. That was until I ditched WinMo, after HTC decided to drop support for it and even pulled patches from their website, and installed CyanogenMod on it. The first time I used the camera app my jaw dropped to the floor... the quality of the images, compared to those taken under WinMo, was nothing short of staggering! The shutter speed was damn near as makes no difference to being instant, images were correctly exposed, white balance detection had improved and the blue tint had gone. All with exactly the same sensor as under WinMo. I've since taken some beautiful and colourful shots (for a 5MP camera phone) that I would never, ever have been able to capture prior to the installation of CyanogenMod.
So, I can't help but wonder if, in the MegaPixel race, that the quality of the processing software is being overlooked? Or maybe its just the that I have a warped impression of the quality of certain software thanks to the blantantly p*ss-poor coding ability at Microsoft
Can I update now?
Purely coincidentally I kept dismissing the update notification because I was always busy doing something and didn't just update like I normally would have, so is it safe to update now?